Ladakh : Pandora's Box Made In Kashmiri Imagination

Some Kashmiri dude has written an article about Ladakh : Pandora’s Box Made In Leh Not using names, since these guys mostly seem to act on pseudonym, so I don’t know what and if to use. For my purposes, “author” suffices. Looking at how we don’t have Ladakh fighting a Twitter war, I thought I’d share my experiences and conversations around the subject to refute the garbage that is being dumped on the reputation of a…

"Ladakh : Pandora's Box Made In Kashmiri Imagination"

Kashmiri Myths

Got really bugged by some of the reporting for Kashmir. While I am in favour of Kashmiris finding justice and joy and all that, I am not too delighted about my country being blamed for every sneeze they get. The Kashmiris and media are so busy talking about human rights abuses and all, that many things are unquestioningly assumed as the truth. Trying to gather here some of the ‘truths’ that come to mind. I…

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On Kashmir and what they want

This is in reply to an email thanking me for supporting Kashmir’s struggle for freedom. Let me get this right. I am NOT supporting Kashmir’s struggle for freedom. I think its a stupid idea. I believe that Kashmir is being brainwashed for an evil political agenda. However, I accept that my opinion is irrelevant. I am supporting their right to make their own decisions – however stupid, because I am a citizen of a democratic…

"On Kashmir and what they want"

Wikileaky Kashmir – Abuses, Human rights

The much awaited dirt on India in Kashmir is finally out – abuse, human rights… the usual, but from yet another source. Among the cables released by Wikileaks we have several which help us see the situation in Kashmir through the eyes of an interested, but uninvolved perspective. The Guardian has published a wonderful writeup. I like it particularly because the absense of chest thumping and claims leaves the reader free to get an understanding…

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World media silent when Geelani gets a Kashmiri shoe

I’ve been following news religiously these days for a couple of hours everyday, and have started seeing some patterns in news reporting. For example, today, Geelani got the famous shoe treatment in Delhi by Kashmiri Hindu protestors. Not a single international newspaper reported it.This was also evident on earlier stories where shopkeepers threw stones at pelters forcing a strike, a teacher with some students protesting the ongoing unrest, people killed or injured by stone pelters,…

"World media silent when Geelani gets a Kashmiri shoe"

An idea for Kashmir

I only hope someone who matters reads this. What Kashmir needs is a way of engaging the youth. What the government is doing is saying nothing and inviting any faction to talk. As if that is going to happen. Even if it does, we are going to end up talking to the destroyers of Kashmiri peace on their terms. Bad, bad ground. What we need is interaction, engagement, listening. Not formal interaction invitations in triplicate,…

"An idea for Kashmir"